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Sweet Success for Cate Glass

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Cate Glass (aka Carol Berg) on the release of her latest novel, A CONJURING OF ASSASSINS (Book 2 in the Chimera series from Tor/Forge)

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Conjuring of Assassins, Cover, by Cate Glass

Romy and her partners of the Chimera have embraced their roles as the Shadow Lord’s agents, using forbidden magic to accomplish tasks his other spies cannot. Their new mission seems simple: discover where a prisoner has hidden an assassination contract and destroy it. But the prisoner is not who they expect. The man who holds the contract has a fascination with divination, a strange obsession with perfection, and a terror of malignant spirits. And when the partners venture a dangerous impersonation to infiltrate his household, they discover that the document is the spark that could ignite a revolution. 

A CONJURING OF ASSASSINS is now available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble , IndieBound, and Audible.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carol Berg
Carol Berg

Cate Glass writes the fantasy adventure series Chimera. Cate has lived a large portion of her life in Middle Earth, Camelot, Wonderland, Jim Chee’s New Mexico, Victorian London, Cold War Berlin, the Welsh borderlands, River Heights…you get the drift. While studying mathematics and software engineering at Rice University and the University of Colorado respectively, Cate carved out a place for studies in English, History of Art, and reading, reading, reading. While working as a software engineer, Cate took up a hobby of writing her own fiction. (Cate Glass is a pseudonym for Carol Berg, award-winning, bestselling author of fifteen epic fantasy novels.) Follow the author at: categlass.com


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Congratulations Barbara Nickless!

By: Darby Karchut

PPW member Barbara Nickless will be featured at Murder in the Mountains Friday, February 21-Sunday, February 23, 2020, in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Murder in the Mountains

This event promises a thrilling weekend celebrating all things murder and mystery, including author conversations, a live panel exchange with Scottish crime writers, mystery writing workshops, true crime podcast discussion, youth forensics workshop, “Noir in the Bar” event, murder mystery dinner, and more!

Barbara Nickless will be joined by visiting authors: New York Times bestselling author of fourteen full-length novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, Craig Johnson; award winning mystery & suspense writer Christine Carbo; crime writer, volunteer firefighter and part-time radio host Rachel Monroe; plus Jakob Rodgers and Lance Benzel of the true crime podcast, Colorado Cold Case.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Barbra Nickless

Barbara Nickless is the #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the “blisteringly original” Sydney Parnell crime novels featuring a railway cop and her K9 partner. The series has been optioned for television and has won two Colorado Book Awards and the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Barbara also teaches creative writing to veterans at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She is often in the Rocky Mountains where she loves to hike, cave, and drink single malt Scotch—although usually not at the same time. Connect with her at www.barbaranickless.com.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut, is over the moon to share the news that her latest middle grade fantasy, THE RED CASKET (the sequel to the award-winning DEL TORO MOON) releases January 14from Owl Hollow Press.

Covers of The Red Casket and Del Toro Moon

ABOUT THE BOOK

Never trust a witch.

For four hundred years, generations of the Family Del Toro and their battle-savvy warhorses have secretly guarded their corner of Colorado from all things creepy. But when a menacing woman with some wicked witch powers shows up at the Del Toro ranch and demands the return of the Red Casket, twelve year old Matt Del Toro must team up with his best friend Perry—along with the warhorses Rigo and Isabel—to out-wit, out-ride, and out-fight one Viking-size sorceress.

“A thoroughly joyful adventure filled with humor, mystery, and the best group of talking warhorses a kid could ask for!”  – Lija Fisher, author of The Cryptid Catcher

Pre-order a copy at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, IndieBound, booksellers world-wide, and don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads list.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut is a multi-award winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Her thirteenth novel, DEL TORO MOON (Owl Hollow Press) was the 2019 Colorado Book Award Winner for Juvenile Literature. THE RED CASKET (the sequel to DEL TORO MOON) releases January 2020. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com

Darby is also PPW’s Sweet Success Coordinator. If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact Darby at: SweetSuccess@pikespeakwriters.com

Sweet Success for Donnell Ann Bell

by: Darby Karchut

Congratulations and a rousing round of applause for Donnell Ann Bell and her upcoming release, Black Pearl. This suspense novel—and the first in a series—is the author’s fifth book. Mark your calendar as it releases November 8th from Bell Bridge Books 

About Black Pearl

A cold case heats up when a 9-1-1 call puts police at a Denver murder scene, pointing investigators to the abduction of a Colorado teenager fourteen years before. The connection? A calling card—a single black pearl—is found on the newest victim. Is the murder a copycat? Or has a twisted serial killer, thought dead or in prison, returned to kill again?

The hunt for a multi-state killer is on and brings together an unexpected team:  a Denver Major Crimes police lieutenant;  an FBI special agent who investigated the previous murders; a rookie FBI agent with a specialty in psychology; and the only living victim of the Black Pearl Killer is now a cop.

For Special Agent Brian DiPietro, the case is an opportunity to find answers. For Officer Allison Shannon, the case will force her to face down the town that blamed her for surviving when another did not. And for both DiPietro and Shannon, it’s a chance to find closure to questions that have tormented them both for years.

Pre-order Black Pearl from: Amazon   Kobo   Barnes & Noble

Meet the Author

Donnell Ann Bell
Author, Donnell Ann Bell

Before I was published in fiction, I paid my dues in the Unpublished World, finaling in or winning numerous Romance Writers of America® chapter competitions as well as several multi-genre writing competitions. I’m extremely proud to be listed as a two-time Golden Heart® finalist for RWA’s® highest competition. These particular accolades led to the publication of  The Past Came Hunting and Deadly Recall.

I am as at home in nonfiction as I am in fiction. I’ve worked for a weekly business publication and a monthly parenting magazine, but prefer my fictional writing compared to writing about stock portfolios or treating diaper rash. I have a background in court reporting, have worked with kids and engineers, and have volunteered for law enforcement and other organizations.

My heart is stretched between Colorado and New Mexico. I’m proud to call both places my home. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or stop by my website.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Contributing Editor, Darby Karchut. If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.
Darby is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. Her latest book (lucky number thirteen), DEL TORO MOON, released October 2018 from Owl Hollow Press. Visit the author at her website.

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

Congratulations to PPW’s Sweet Success Coordinator, Darby Karchut, who has a Sweet Success of her own!

Darby Karchut’s middle grade Western/fantasy mashup, DEL TORO MOON (2018 from Owl Hollow Press), recently won the 2019 Colorado Book Award. The book was also a 2018 Reading the West Longlist Pick and 2018 Moonbeam Children’s Book Silver Medalist. THE RED CASKET, Book Two in the Del Toro Tales series, releases late fall 2019.

DEL TORO MOON

Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster whacking.

Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.

Serious horse power.  Those skinners don’t stand a chance.

DEL TORO MOON (Book One in the Del Toro Tales series)

978-1-945654-14-5; middle grade fantasy; 256 pages

Purchase: Barnes & NobleAmazonIndieBound, and independent booksellers world-wide

Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut is an author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Her award-winning books include DEL TORO MOON and FINN FINNEGAN. Coolest thing ever: her YA debut novel, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film. Visit her at www.darbykarchut.com


Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut. If you have a success story to share please go to the Sweet Success form.

Welcome to Sweet Success!

New Coordinator for Sweet Success Darby Karchut

Writing from the Peak is happy to welcome Darby Karchut as the new coordinator for the Sweet Success column. She is excited to get started and her first Sweet Success will post on Friday.

Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Her thirteenth book, DEL TORO MOON, a middle grade western/fantasy mashup (Owl Hollow Press) is the 2019 Colorado Book Award Winner-Juvenile Literature
Visit the author at her website: www.darbykarchut.com.

Do you have exciting news you want to share with the world? A book launch? Signing party? A Sweet Success? If so, hop over to the Sweet Success submission form to get started. Darby looks forward to hearing from you.

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is happy to announce the release of Darby Karchut’s middle grade novel, DEL TORO MOON. Mark your calendar to join her October 2, 2018 for her virtual launch.

Del Toro Moon cover“Ride hard, swing hard, and take out as many of those creepy critters as you can.” Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster whacking. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a trillion to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse. Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains. Serious horse power. Those skinners don’t stand a chance.

 

 

Darby KarchutDarby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New MDarby karchut link to Virtual launchexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Visit Darby’s website. She can be contacted at: darbykarchut@gmail.com.

 

 


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Proofing the Proof

There is more to proofing a book than just reading the story.

At some point in every writer’s career, you’ll be asked to proof a final version of your work.
Sure, you’ll have various editors doing this, but you’ll need to be a part of it, too. After all, it’s YOUR name on the cover and you want it to be as perfect as possible.

Even at the manuscript stage, submitting a well-polished story will help your work stand out. It shows agents and editors that you are industry-savvy.

There is more to proofing a book, however, than just reading the story (aka body matter). It means examining literally every centimeter of the product. During this process, I get down to some serious detailing, checking for any and all mistakes, and taking copious notes—old school style.

Take copious notes...old school style.

Over the years, I’ve developed a checklist to make sure I don’t miss anything. I break the task into sections, moving from easy to more difficult; mostly to warm up and to feel like I’ve accomplished something. Remember, for each item on this list, we’re looking for spelling, grammar, punctuation, correct vocabulary, correct numbering and sequence, etc. Read stuff aloud—it helps like nothing else to catch mistakes.

Cover

  • Front
  • Spine (place your book on its back. The words on the spine should read left to right)
  • Back (correct jacket copy, ISBN number, publisher’s contact info, etc.)

Front Matter

  • Praise Page
  • Title Page (called the recto side)
  • Copyright Page (called the verso side)
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgements (unless this is at the end, then skip for now)
  • Table of Contents (if applicable)
  • Foreword (if applicable)
  • Preface or Introduction (if applicable)

End Matter

  • Acknowledgements (here’s where you want to triple check that you’ve spelled your publisher, agent, editors, publicists, and cover artist names correctly, as well as everyone else you want to thank)
  • Discussion Questions
  • Author Interview or Q & A
  • Author’s Bio (triple check that your contact info is correct)

Chapters and Pages

  • Check each chapter title for sequential numbering. Trust me on this.
  • Check each page for sequential numbering. Trust me more.
  • Orphans and Widows. Tedious, but it must be done.

Body Matter

  • Read your story aloud. This is single most productive use of your time at this stage. As I mentioned earlier, you’ll catch dropped words, repetitive vocabulary, and grammar mistakes like crazy.
  • Proper nouns (characters, locations, etc). Keep a cheat sheet nearby.
  • Foreign languages. Triple-check spelling and punctuation. Then, check them once more. Get this right.
  • Paragraphs. Make sure the breaks are correct.

This sounds so easy and straightforward, but you and I both know this is blood-letting time. Re-reading a manuscript you’ve labored over for months or years can be downright nauseating. I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time cringing, too.

But.

But.

But, I often find myself enthralled with the story, and a bit in awe of some writing I didn’t remember producing. Which is pretty cool. It is really okay, you know, to feel pride and satisfaction in your creation. If we writers (or painters or musicians or dancers) do not cherish our work, then our readers or viewers won’t either. So, proof away and be prepared to fall in love again.


Darby KarchutDarby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, Del Toro Moon Book Covershe now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Her latest book (lucky number thirteen), DEL TORO MOON, releases October 2 from Owl Hollow Press. Visit the author at her website.

Cover Reveal – Darby Karchut’s Del Toro Moon

Del Toro Moon Book Cover

Please join me in congratulating Pikes Peak Writers member Darby Karchut and cover artist Risa Rodil as we take part in the cover reveal for Darby’s Del Toro Moon, due out this fall.   [ed]


Bad enough Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in the family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like creatures, known as skinners. He must also learn how to match his father’s skills at monster hunting. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a million to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse.

Now, with the skinners multiplying, both in numbers and ferocity, Matt is desperate to keep his father and hot-tempered older brother from killing each other, prevent his new friend, Perry—a horse-crazy girl who recently moved to their small town of Huerfano, Colorado—from discovering the true nature of his odder-than-oddball family, and save a group of paleontologists from getting skinner-ed.

Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.

Serious horse power.

Those skinners don’t stand a chance.  

Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut

Coming September 2018 from Owl Hollow Press

Middle Grade fantasy

www.darbykarchut.com

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The cover was designed by Risa Rodil ( www.risarodil.com ) a popular MG/YA book cover artist. Her other clients include Disney, Nickelodeon TV, Penguin Random House, and Harper Collins.


Darby Karchut is a multi-award winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter.  A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy at her writing desk. Her books include the best selling middle grade series: THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MacCULLEN. Best thing ever: her YA debut novel, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film.

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Crafting Authentic Books for Boys

Today’s post is from Darby Karchut, one of the six authors who participated in Write Your Heart Out 2018.  

Each of these talented individuals gave us a taste of the in-depth session they’ll be presenting at Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2018: Cindi Madsen, LS Hawker, M.B. Partlow, Kristy Ferrin, Debbie Maxwell Allen, and Darby Karchut.

For those who missed Your Heart Out, today Darby Karchut shares her expertise on Writing for Boys.Darby has a passion and an uncanny ability to get into the heads of middle-school aged boys. Read up here and consider attending her session at Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2018.  You won’t regret it.  -Gabrielle V Brown, Managing Editor


For folks who weren’t able to attend the 6th Annual Write Your Heart Out (the Pikes Peak Writers Conference’s sneak preview) on Saturday, March 3rd, I’m pleased to share an overview from my presentation entitled “This One’s for the Boys: Crafting Authentic Books for Boys.”

Based on the stages of their brain development, boys are more likely to:

  • act on impulse
  • misread or misinterpret social cues and emotions
  • engage in dangerous or risky behavior
  • unable to see potential consequences of their actions
  • struggle to modify their dangerous or inappropriate behaviors
  • tend to lag socially behind girls, and not catch up both physically and mentally until the teen years

That said:

  • they are capable of great insight and worldly reflections, mature emotions and mature decision-making, but they cannot sustain it for long periods
  • hence the rollercoaster we often see in older children and teens
  • Children mature differently at this age; okay to write unsophisticated teens
  • But, they all have one foot in childhood and one foot in adulthood, especially in MG and younger teen books
  • Dialogue should reflect this back-and-forth

Think about:

  • Starting your story with a bang (physical or emotional)
  • Throughout the story, ask boy questions:

How do I position myself with others?

How do I become a man?

Whom do I model myself after?

What do I aspire to do and to be?

  • Writing up, not down (honor your reader’s intelligence)
  • Making every character the hero of his own story (even the villain)
  • Using smart humor: body fluids/sounds can only go so far
  • Appealing to your reader’s sense of mischief; make them laugh, especially after an intense scene

Something I noticed:

  • Boys act and talk side-by-side
  • Girls act and talk face-to-face
  • Boys touch each other more than they used to (hands on shoulders, etc.)

What my male students told me:

  • Don’t minimize emotions (boys have them, just express them differently)
  • They are more clued into things than adults give them credit for, but sometimes, they don’t care
  • The boys wondered why book after book have horrible parents, so don’t be afraid to incorporate decent adult figures

Writing for boys—especially our middle school guys—is my passion. Why? I don’t know. It just seems that my world view’s default setting is from the perspective of a twelve year old boy. Does it matter? Nope. Not one bit. I write me. You write you. It’s all good. But I can tell you that boys who read grow up to become men who think and feel. Reason enough.


Darby Karchut is a multi-award winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter.  A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy at her writing desk. Her books include the best selling middle grade series: THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MacCULLEN. Best thing ever: her YA debut novel, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film. Her latest book, DEL TORO MOON, releases Fall 2018 from Owl Hollow Press. She is represented by Amanda Rutter at Red Sofa Literary. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com

 

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